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Bouillon back on the blue line

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Francis Bouillon set career highs in assists and points in 2005-06 with 19 and 22, respectively.


MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Saturday the signing of defenseman Francis Bouillon to a three-year contract (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09). As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Francis Bouillon is a key element of our defensive squad. Very well respected by his teammates and admired by our fans, he is a player who showed a great deal of perseverance since his debut in the NHL. We are very happy that he has committed to remain with our organization for years to come," said Gainey.

Bouillon, 30, completed the 2005-06 season, his sixth in the NHL, with 22 points in 67 games (3 goals, 19 assists) and 34 penalty minutes. He established career highs in assists (19) and points (22).

The 5-foot-8 blueliner ranked second behind Steve Bgin for the Jacques-Beauchamp Molson Trophy, an honor awarded annually to the member of the Canadiens who played a significant role during the regular season, without obtaining any particular honor. Bouillon won the Jacques-Beauchamp Molson Trophy in 2003-04.

Originally signed by the Canadiens as a free agent on August 18, 1998, Bouillon was claimed by Nashville in the waiver draft  on October 4, 2002.  He played four games with the Predators in 2002-03 before being reclaimed off waivers from Nashville on October 25, 2002.

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